The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
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Top Rated TV #138 | Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 45 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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 Benjamin Rush 6 episodes, 2008
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 Thomas Adams 4 episodes, 2008
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 Colonel William Smith 4 episodes, 2008
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 John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Young John Quincy Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Young Nabby Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Sally Smith Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Young Charles Adams 3 episodes, 2008
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 Madame Helvétius 2 episodes, 2008
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 Robert Treat Paine 2 episodes, 2008
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 Elbridge Gerry 2 episodes, 2008
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 Second Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
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 Dutch Man 2 episodes, 2008
Lex van Delden ...
 First Dutch Banker 2 episodes, 2008
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 Timothy Pickering 2 episodes, 2008
Thomas Langston ...
 Young Thomas Adams 2 episodes, 2008
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 Attorney General Charles Lee / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Lucas N. Hall ...
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 Boston Citizen / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Tim Seip ...
 Sons of Liberty 2 episodes, 2008
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Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826. Written by Jwelch5742

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On June 6, 2007, a fire broke out at Fot Studios in Hungary where filming was taking place, delaying production for a short period of time. See more »

Goofs

Episode 5 shows John Adams brushing his teeth with a toothbrush - this is not incorrect, although toothbrushing was not the most common form of dental hygiene at the time. Most people, especially the poor, would have rubbed their teeth with a rag and salt or ashes. Tooth brushes were in use in China c. 1400, in England about 1690, and mass produced tooth brushes were available in the 1780s. The modern American toothbrush was invented in 1938. See more »

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John Adams: My thoughts are so clear to me... each one takes perfect shape within my mind. But when I speak, when I offer them to others, they seem to lose all definition.
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Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Jake and Sophia (2014) See more »

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Magnificent work from HBO
16 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

The first two episodes of this mini series have captivated me like very few things have. It is interesting to see a detailed look at the foundation of this great nation come to life instead of merely being read on page.

The cast is stellar. Giamatti is a great actor and he brings John Adams to life. Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin is one of the highlights. The realism of the time frame is brought to life like few movies have done; accuracy in costumes, to architecture, and locational shots.

This is a truly moving piece, and a must watch for fans of history, and those with a appreciation of great cinema regardless.


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